If you don't keep an obsessive eye on video game development, you might not be aware of Unity. It's a 3D game engine that makes it easy to develop games for multiple platforms and multiple rendering engines, including Direct3D, OpenGL, and (on Android and iOS) OpenGL ES. It's not the most powerful or flexible thing around, but a lot of developers rely on the tool. Now they've got an easy way to estimate game performance on different Android hardware, via the Basemark X benchmark from Rightware. Basemark X is also pretty impressive as a demonstration of the graphical power of Unity 4. Again, it's not going to best more targeted options like Unreal, but the visuals produced in the test are better than I thought was possible for Unity. (It also works as a pretty damning example of how poor most Unity games look - take a gander at this Counter Strike clone compared to the benchmark.) Rightware is an independent developer, and claims that the relative intensity of the visuals is intended … [Read more...] about [New App] Rightware’s Basemark X Is A Benchmark App Based On The Cross-Platform Unity Game Engine
IBM and Unity today announced a partnership to bring Watson’s AI functionality to the world’s most popular gaming engine, with built-in VR/AR features. The IBM Watson Unity SDK, available for free on the Unity Asset store, gives Unity developers access to the Watson suite of AI functions. This means millions of developers can now integrate AI into VR and AR games, with relative ease, directly within the game engine. Popular games like Star Trek Bridge Crew and Pokemon Go are developed in Unity, though few other VR or AR games have managed to crack the mainstream due to the high cost of hardware and lack of premium titles. This partnership could change that. With new technologies set to enter the ‘mixed reality’ market soon, such as Microsoft’s Hololens (for which software is almost exclusively developed in Unity) and Magic Leap’s goggles, that do not require a tethered computer, the VR/AR space is set to heat up finally. Of course … [Read more...] about IBM and Unity are teaming up to bring Watson’s AI to VR and AR games
It has just been announced that Unite Technologies will add both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 support to their Unity 3D graphics engine. The news comes via developer Jeff Weber, who is spreading the word on Twitter. That is kind of a big deal, you guys, and allow us to explain why.The Unity 3D engine has been used to create more than a few high-quality, three-dimensional video games, including graphically intensive titles like ShadowGun and Blood & Glory. At the same time, Windows Phone 8 has been lacking heavily in the video game department as premium titles are rarely released on anything other than Android or iOS. Since Unity 3D will get along well with Windows Phone 8, developers will be able to port their video games to Microsoft's latest mobile platform fairly easily. Of course, nobody is saying that the Windows Phone Marketplace will be loaded with advanced video games overnight, yet perhaps some developers are already considering bringing their titles over to WP8 in … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 8 to get high-quality 3D games thanks to Unity 3D engine support
Gaming could be about to make a jump on Android and iOS, because the Unity game engine just became completely free for indie developers. The news came from Unity CEO David Helgason speaking at the company's Unite Nordic conference in Malmo, saying the engine is now free for indie devs on Android and iOS, with the same deal coming to BB10 and Windows Phone "in the coming months".Previously, the game engine had cost upwards of $800 for mobile developers, even though the company had made the desktop tools free to use back in 2009. Of course, this only applies to smaller developers. Companies that have "a turnover in excess of $100,000 in their previous fiscal year are required to use our paid version." And, for those developers who had purchased the Android or iOS add-ons in the past 30 days, the company will be in contact to offer "discounts on future purchases". So unfortunately, no one is getting a refund. … [Read more...] about Unity game engine now free for indie Android and iOS developers, BB10 and WP coming soon
The tsunami of Flappy Bird is still throwing off waves here and there as developers try to capture that magic before Flappy Bird is re-released for mobile (although, it seems as though Flappy Bird will be significantly different.) Interestingly enough, Epic Games has released a Flappy Bird clone, but not to jump on the bandwagon. Instead, Tappy Chicken is being used to show off the powerful Unreal Engine 4's cross platform development tools. The game is really more of a parody than a clone, with similar gameplay, but that isn't really the point of the game. The point of the game comes from this fact: it was built by one man who has no programming experience at all. Tappy Chicken is intended to show the flexibility and ease of the development tools provided by Unreal Engine 4. Tappy Chicken was built by Shane Caudle, and is available now for Android , iOS , and as an HTML5 web app. The game will continue to be supported and updated though, if you happen to like it. Unreal … [Read more...] about Epic Games shows off the cross-platform Unreal Engine 4 with… a Flappy Bird clone?